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About this Report

Basis of reporting

The 2020 sustainability report is the first sustainability report of the Hilti Group. The report also contains information provided by the Hilti Foundation. The reporting period is the 2020 financial year from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Deviating reporting periods of data or content are shown separately. The editorial deadline was February 25, 2021. In the future, we will report annually on our progress. The next sustainability report will therefore be published in 2022.

The report is based on the internationally recognized reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI standards: Core option. The GRI content index can be found here in this report.

We have chosen gender-neutral language in the report. If this was not possible, we have used the generic masculine form, which of course addresses all genders equally.

Material topics and their delimitation

The material topics for us were identified using a materiality analysis based on the principles of sustainability context, materiality, completeness and stakeholder engagement formulated by the GRI. In addition, general reporting principles were observed: accuracy, balance, comprehensibility, comparability, reliability, and up-to-dateness.

More information: Sustainability Management

The table below shows the scope of the material topics according to GRI 103-1 and the associated GRI standards. There are no associated GRI standards for the “Employee Engagement” and “Hazardous Substances” topics. We have therefore referred directly to the corresponding pages in the report to find the management approach. The management approaches to the topics “Waste”, “Water Efficiency” and “Contaminant Emissions” have been combined and are reported jointly in the “Environmental Protection” chapter.

Data and content

Quantitative sustainability reporting at Hilti is still under development. Therefore, we are not yet able to report standardized group data, but have different data bases depending on the topic. The content and data were determined using content and data surveys in the respective departments. The data published in this Sustainability Report was collected and processed with the highest degree of accuracy. Nevertheless, we cannot completely exclude the possibility of transmission errors.

For calculation reasons, rounding differences of ± one unit (CHF, %, etc.) may occur in the tables.

Data on circularity

The calculation basis of the quantitative score covers various periods from 2019 and 2020. Purchasing volumes were included in the period from 06/19 to 05/20, production data from 07/19 to 06/20, and sales volumes from 08/19 to 07/20.

Environmental data

This sustainability report contains data on Scope 1, Scope 2 and, in some cases, Scope 3 CO2 emissions. We have determined Scope 1 emissions for the Group using energy consumption and local emission factors. We use real information on gas, oil, district heating and solar energy consumption in our buildings as well as vehicle fuel consumption in our market organizations. In the organizations where we did not have consumption data, we estimated it using average consumption (per employee or per m2). In addition, we estimated emissions from refrigerants in the plants.

Scope 2 emissions are determined “market-based” i.e., we calculate them using the specific emission factors provided by the electricity suppliers.

Of the Scope 3 emissions, we have so far only published the emissions resulting from business travel. This is determined using data from the travel operators and our own estimates which are based on average values if we do not have exact data. The data on CO2 emissions are verified by “South Pole”.

Waste data is collected at the various sites in all plants and approximately 60 percent of the logistics and repair centers. The offices, Hilti Stores and distribution centers are not yet included.

Water data is collected at our plants by the respective employees responsible for reading the meters. We have not included water consumption in our office buildings due to the negligible comparative amount.


We record data on our employees throughout the Group. With the exception of turnover figures, all data relate to the reporting date of December 31. All data are headcount figures. Apprentices, trainees and interns are included in the total number of employees.

The forward-looking statements made in the report are based on internal assessments of future developments that are subject to uncertainties and are not under the control of Hilti. The report is published in German and English. In the event of any discrepancies, the German version shall be binding.

Material topic

Material topicRelevanceRelated GRI standard(s)
 within Hiltiexternally 
CO2xx305 Emissions 2016
302 Energy 2016
Circularityxx301 Materials 2016
306 Effluents and Waste 2016
Wastexx303 Water and Effluents 2018
Water Efficiencyxx303 Water and Effluents 2018
Contaminant Emissionsxx303 Water and Effluents2018
Supplier Sustainability x204 Procurement Practices 2016
308 Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016
414 Supplier Social Assessment 2016
User Health & Safety x416 Customer Health and Safety 2016
Building Safety x416 Customer Health and Safety 2016
Hazardous Substances xResponsible handling of hazardous substances
Employee Health & Safetyx 403 Occupational Health and Safety 2018
Employee Engagementx Sustainable Culture and Employee Engagement
Inclusion & Diversityx 405 Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016
Learning & Developmentx 404 Training and Education 2016
Work-life-balancex 401 Employment2016
Social Impactxx203 Indirect Economic Impacts 2016
413 Local Communities 2016
Business Ethicsxx402 Labor/Management Relations 2016
406 Non-discrimination 2016
407 Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining 2016
408 Child Labor 2016
409 Forced or Compulsory Labor 2016
412 Human Rights Assessment 2016
415 Public Policy 2016
417 Marketing and Labeling 2016
418 Customer Privacy 2016
419 Socioeconomic Compliance 2016